Thoughts for the Journey by Pastor Ray “Initiatives, Musings, and Grace”

Ecclesiastes 3:9-13

The rain is falling this afternoon as I work on updating our web page and I noticed to my surprise the last post I did was April 29. What happened to May? Several things, our computer was down for almost a week, synod assembly happened one week and now here we are the third week of May. I do not mention the events as an excuse, just saying time seems to get by awful fast. It is not a new matter this time passing faster than we would like. Of course that is more situational than anything. It’s like if you are early for a meeting, the traffic will flow with out a hitch, you will catch every stop and go light on the green. But be late for a meeting and the traffic will move at a snails pace and you are sure to catch every traffic light on red, which by the way are twice as long as the green lights on the cross street.

When I become impatient I think of Ecclesiastes 3:9-13 (I am using Eugene Peterson’s “The Message”).

“3:9-13 But in the end, does it really make a difference what anyone does? I’ve had a good look at what God has given us to do—busywork, mostly. True, God made everything beautiful in itself and in its time—but he’s left us in the dark, so we can never know what God is up to, whether he’s coming or going. I’ve decided that there’s nothing better to do than go ahead and have a good time and get the most we can out of life. That’s it—eat, drink, and make the most of your job. It’s God’s gift.”

I think we can get to caught up in self importance and the busyness we create for ourselves that we simply forget, or we simply ignore the present moment and before we know it, it’s gone. The moment, the present is what matters, what we do with it and what we don’t.

Now I have been told the older you get the faster time goes. Fact is, the speed of time never changes, only our perspective of it, as I mentioned earlier regarding being early or late for a meeting. And I would say as one ages ones perspective changes, and the meeting in fact is getting closer. For me that is not a fearful thing or a surprise, it is simply part of the rhythm on life. “I’ve decided that there’s nothing better to do than go ahead and have a good time and get the most we can out of life. That’s it—eat, drink, and make the most of your job (your life). It’s God’s gift.”

I am doing my best to enjoy this gift God has given. Some days I do really good, and some days not so much. In the end I try not to get bent out of shape which ever kind of day I have had.  I hope and pray you do as well.